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The UTA Bookstore is Undergoing Several Changes

The UTA Bookstore is currently under renovation for a several stage plan to make changes to the store. Right now they are on stage one which is leading to redoing the parking lot and adding a Starbucks. The bookstore is hoping to be a place for resources and entertainment. The first part should be finished by the Fall semester. Once the outside work is done, the inside will be changed to include a study area on the second floor with charging stations. The floor and overall layout will change as well. The complete design is not yet approved but the renovation work will happen.

-Jessica Stroud

NAB Show 2015

The National Association of Broadcasters held their annual show at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas Nevada last week. The show includes sessions that range from management to engineering. The sessions are used to broaden understanding on what is new in technology and trends that are happening in the industry. The show also included venue areas which were in all the parts of the convention center. This is where companies could show their latest innovations. Over 100,000 people were in attendance coming from over 150 different countries around the world. The focus this year was on “Crave More” in technology and content.

-Jessica Stroud

Movin’ Mavs Coach Doug Garner gets a Special Recognized

Basketball season is over but Coach Douglas Garner was recently recognized by the Governor’s Office of Disabilities for his dedication to Wheelchair Basketball. He has been placed on the list for the “American’s with Disabilities Act 25 Texas Trailblazers: Past, Present, Future.” Only individuals who show a hard dedication for people with disabilities and the act are recognized on this list. To Coach Garner what matters is his actions that lead to this acknowledgement. He was very surprised when he received the recognition knowing there were several other people who qualify just as much. His team is very proud of everything which lead to this.

-Jessica Stroud

Grad Week at UTA

It’s still seven weeks until graduation but senior are already preparing for the big day. Last week was Grad Week on campus where students would visit the UTA bookstore and purchase your cap and gown. Honors cords could be purchased as well along with the specific tassel for each college. The cap and gown went through several changes last year. A blue sleeve was added along with a orange trim to show both of the school colors. It personalizes the experience and makes the event feel more special. This is also a time for students to be thinking about plans after graduation.

-Jessica Stroud

The School of Social Work Hosted a Lunch Party as Part of Social Work Month.

It’s Social Work Month at UTA  and the school is getting involved to promote and raise awareness. One event was a lunch party for everyone connected in the school. Students and Faculty participated having lunch together and socializing. Blaze even stopped by to take pictures with everyone. UTA Radio was present to provide music and entertainment. This month serves as a recap over the past few years. Faculty and Staff are proud in how the school has grown in numbers and expanded in research. The School of Social Work is also participating in the Big Event in celebration.

-Jessica Stroud

The UTA Library is Hosting Game Night to Give Students a Study Break

Third Thursday Game Night is a new event happening this semester in the basement of the library. There are several different games students can play ranging from board games to video games. Snacks were also provided for anyone who would come and play. This event is for a study break but it’s also a chance for social connections. Students who often study in the library in the evening have a chance to meet each other. The time slot is from 6-9 allowing for a come and go time slot. The next game night will be the Thursday right after spring break.

-Jessica Stroud

Dining Services Added Some Changes to Help Improve on Campus Dining

The start of this semester brought about new additions to dining. The Connection Cafe now offers dining prices for mid-day and mid-morning times instead of just breakfast, lunch and dinner. These mid prices are cheaper out of fairness. During those times, the cafe offers less food options then during regular meal times. The P.O.D. also added more hot food options for students on the go. The idea for more meal times started in Student Congress. A resolution was passed and then presented to dining who puts these changes in. Dining hopes to make more long term changes in future semesters

-Jessica Stroud

Student Congress Host Meet and Greet Your Senators Event

Student Congress is hosting more events this semester for students to get to know their senators starting with the Meet and Greet event. The Palo Duro Lounge was set up with tables representing each college. Students were welcome to come and go as they pleased during the event. This event was not just about meeting your senator but also providing a space where students can raise their concerns. Some senators stood out front of the lounge carrying signs and inviting students in. This is Student Congress’ first Meet and Greet event which they believed to be a success.

-Jessica Stroud

Activity Fair Day is a Great Way for Students to Explore UTA

UTA held their biannual Activity Fair Day event last Wednesday. The U.C. was full of booths with presentations and students passing by. These organizations had prizes or games so students get a chance to hear what they are all about. All different organizations took place including, societies, sororities, fraternities, and departments. Even local businesses got involved passing out samples or playing games. This event happens at the very beginning of very every semester so students have a chance to jump in and get involved early on. UTA will also hold several events during the semester for major exploration

-Jessica Stroud